• Medical Requirements

  • Below is an alphabetical listing of general eligibility and deferral requirements.

    Donor acceptable, even when taking antihistamines.

    Allergy Injections:
    Donor deferred for 6 hours.

    Antibiotics for infection:
    Donor deferred for 48 hours after completion of medication and symptom free. Antibiotics for acne are acceptable at any time.

    Donor acceptable if free of symptoms and on normal medications.  If symptomatic or on steroids consult with Blood Bank for acceptability requirements.

    Donor deferred permanently if malignant melanoma, leukemia, lymphoma, or Hodgkin's disease. Donor acceptable if cancer was a localized skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma), a carcinoma-in-situ of the cervix or breast, or a papillary thyroid carcinoma if the cancer has been completely excised and is healed. Donor is acceptable for other cancers if in remission for at least 5 years.

    Donor acceptable if free of symptoms for 7 days.

    Dental Procedure:
    Donor accepted if simple cleaning or routine dental work. Defer 2 weeks after wisdom tooth extraction, oral surgery or root canal.  Dental implants donor must consult with Blood Bank for acceptability requirements.

    Diabetes Mellitus (Type I or Type II):
    Acceptable if oral medication or insulin dosage is controlled and stable. Donor must have eaten a meal since their last dose of medication.

    Diabetes Insipidus:
    Permanent deferral.

    Donor must consult with Blood Bank for acceptability requirements.

    Ear or Body Piercing:
    Donor accepted if procedure is done with sterile, single use equipment. Otherwise, deferred for twelve (12) months.

    Donor accepted only if free of convulsions for one (1) year.

    Flu Shots:
    Acceptable if feeling well and healthy.

    Heart Condition:
    Donor must consult with Blood Bank for acceptability requirements.

    Donors with a history of hepatitis or yellow jaundice are permanently deferred. Donors are deferred for twelve (12) months after close, physical contact or living in same household with someone having hepatitis.

    High Blood Pressure:
    Donor accepted if taking blood pressure medication and blood pressure at time of donation falls within established guidelines.

    Donor with history of malaria is accepted if symptom-free for three (3) years.

    Medications frequently taken by healthy individuals such as aspirin, hormone pills, diet pills, birth control pills, antihistamines, thyroid, and high blood pressure are usually acceptable.

    Donor is acceptable after full recovery, and off meds, unless complicated by liver involvement.  Check with blood bank staff for deferral details.

    Pregnancy :
    Donor deferred six (6) weeks after delivery, miscarriage or abortion, unless there were complications or a C-section, then donor must consult with Blood Bank for acceptability requirements.

    Stomach Ulcer:
    Acceptable if feeling well and healthy.

    Surgery :
    Donor must consult with Blood Bank for acceptability requirements.

    Tattoo :
    Donor deferred for 12 months after receiving a tattoo.

    Transfusion :
    Donor deferred for one year after receiving transfusion of blood or blood products.

    Venereal Disease :
    For gonorrhea or syphilis, donor is deferred for 12 months after diagnosis and treatment. Genital Herpes: no deferral.

    AIDS - Permanent deferral
    Donors participating in the following risk behaviors for HIV are permanently deferred from donating blood.  Donors are deferred for 12 months after intimate/sexual contact with persons meeting these criteria.  High risk behavior includes:

    -Use of "illegal" drugs, including steroids, with a needle - even once.
    -A man who has had sex with another man - even once - since 1977.
    -A man or woman who has taken money or drugs for sex - even once - since 1977.
    -Anyone with AIDS, or a positive test for AIDS.
    -Anyone with hemophilia or a similar blood clotting disease that has been treated by clotting factor concentrates.

    Inmates of a correctional institution, jail, or prison for more than 72 hours are deferred for 1 year.

    Apheresis donors must not take any aspirin or products containing aspirin, ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medications for 48 hours prior to their apheresis donation. These medications take away the "stickiness" of platelets causing them to lose their ability to adhere properly when needed to stop bleeding.

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